154 units across two blocks, utilising RC and lightweight steel framing alongside HS1.
Chobham Farm Zone 2, Newham, forms the central part of the Chobham Farm Masterplan area in the London Borough of Newham. It falls within the post-Olympic Regeneration area controlled and promoted by the London Legacy Development Corporation.
The site is dominated by railways – both past and present. Historically the area formed part of railway sidings and carriage repair sheds to the north of Stratford railway station. The Lea Valley Railway continues to run adjacent to the western boundary of the site. High Speed 1 now runs through Stratford International station close by and this contains a branch line – that runs below the western edge of the site too. Further engineering constraints include a road embankment and bridge forming the southern edge of the site carrying Penny Brookes Street over the railway lines.
Higgins Homes with Higgins Construction are delivering the Zone 2 phase of the masterplan with Tully De’Ath assisting on the Civil and Structural Engineering design. The scheme will deliver 154 residential units across two blocks. The larger block rises to 7 storeys in height and will adopt a traditional reinforced concrete frame at low level with light gauge steel framing above. This block contains undercroft car parking below a podium deck which supports a landscaped area and the residential floors above. The second block rises to 4 storeys in height and will also adopt light gauge steel framing throughout.
The choice of a MMC on the scheme has been driven by a desire for quick construction and off-site manufacture to assist with site logistics and limit the potential for waste. The lighter construction will also provide economies within the concrete podium deck and foundations. The scheme requires detailed approvals with Network Rail and HS1 and Tully De’Ath are taking a leading role in the negotiations with both parties.